Pituitary fossa
Pituitary Pi*tu"i*ta*ry, a. [L. pituita phlegm, pituite: cf. F. pituitarie.] (Anat.) (a) Secreting mucus or phlegm; as, the pituitary membrane, or the mucous membrane which lines the nasal cavities. (b) Of or pertaining to the pituitary body; as, the pituitary fossa. [1913 Webster]

{Pituitary body} or {Pituitary gland} (Anat.), a a small, somewhat cherry-shaped endocrine gland, situated in the pituitary fossa, and suspended from the base of the hypothalamus; the hypophysis; -- called also {glandula pituitaria}, and {basilaris}. It secretes th pituitary hormones: oxytocin; vasopresin; antidiuretic hormone; luteinizing hormone; somatotropins; prolactin; thyroid stimulating hormone; gonadotropins; adrenal corticotropin and other peptide hormones. It affects all hormonal functions, and is thus called the ``master gland''.

{Pituitary fossa} (Anat.), the ephippium. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • Pituitary — Pi*tu i*ta*ry, a. [L. pituita phlegm, pituite: cf. F. pituitarie.] (Anat.) (a) Secreting mucus or phlegm; as, the pituitary membrane, or the mucous membrane which lines the nasal cavities. (b) Of or pertaining to the pituitary body; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pituitary body — Pituitary Pi*tu i*ta*ry, a. [L. pituita phlegm, pituite: cf. F. pituitarie.] (Anat.) (a) Secreting mucus or phlegm; as, the pituitary membrane, or the mucous membrane which lines the nasal cavities. (b) Of or pertaining to the pituitary body; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pituitary gland — Pituitary Pi*tu i*ta*ry, a. [L. pituita phlegm, pituite: cf. F. pituitarie.] (Anat.) (a) Secreting mucus or phlegm; as, the pituitary membrane, or the mucous membrane which lines the nasal cavities. (b) Of or pertaining to the pituitary body; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fossa — A depression usually more or less longitudinal in shape below the level of the surface of a part. [L. a trench or ditch] acetabular f. [TA] a depressed area in the floor of the acetabulum superior to the …   Medical dictionary

  • Pituitary gland — Infobox Anatomy Name = PAGENAME Latin = hypophysis, glandula pituitaria GraySubject = 275 GrayPage = 1275 Caption = Located at the base of the brain, the pituitary gland is protected by a bony structure called the sella turcica(also known as… …   Wikipedia

  • fossa — n.; pl. fossae a depression or hollow. The cubital fossa is the triangular hollow at the front of the elbow joint; the iliac fossa is the depression in the inner surface of the ilium; the pituitary fossa is the hollow in the sphenoid bone in… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • fossa hypophysialis — [TA] hypophysial fossa: a deep depression in the middle of the sella turcica of the sphenoid bone, lodging the pituitary gland; called also pituitary f. and sellar f …   Medical dictionary

  • fossa cranii media — [TA] middle cranial fossa: the middle subdivision of the floor of the cranial cavity, supporting the temporal lobes of the brain and the pituitary gland; it is composed of the body and greater wings of the sphenoid bone and the squamous and… …   Medical dictionary

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